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I must say that I am very impressed with President-elect Obama’s organization, discipline, transition management, and early critical cabinet appointments. In the midst of one of the most significant financial crises since the 1930′s, we need carefully architected and decisive action on a number of fronts, and the early returns on Obama are quite positive. With Citibank on the brink of failure, and needing a second bailout–despite recently trying to acquire Wachovia–it’s not a moment too soon that we usher in the new administration and desperately needed stability. I’m optimistic that the tide is going to turn soon. On that note, I’ll wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Tony LoPinto is CEO of Equinox Partners, an executive search firm specializing in the real estate industry, and parent company of SelectLeaders. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own.
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ACELLA CONSTRUCTION CORP. (NORWELL, MA) The firm’s co-founder David Dirubbo has purchased Acella Construction and assumed the position of the company’s president and chief executive officer. Dirubbo co-founded Acella Construction with his partner Robert Johnson in 2003. Johnson recently sold his shares to Dirubbo. HGA ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS (SAN FRANCISCO) HGA Architects and Engineers is promoting Scott Berry and Demetrios Kanakis, AIA, LEED® AP, to associate. MARCUS & MILLICHAP (INDIANAPOLIS) Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services is naming Joshua Caruana regional manager of the Indianapolis office. Caruna was the sales manager of the Indianapolis office. NAI NORRIS, BEGGS & SIMPSON (PORTLAND, OR) NAI Norris, Beggs & Simpson is promoting VP Jeff Borlaug to director of brokerage. CB RICHARD ELLIS (NEW YORK CITY) CB Richard Ellis is promoting Sacha Zarba, brokerage; Doug Lehman and Andrew Sussman, consulting group, and Bill Mooney, global corporate services, to senior vice president from first vice president.
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JONES LANG LASALLE (ATLANTA) Glenn Aspinwall is joining Jones Lang LaSalle as senior vice president in the firm’s agency leasing division. Aspinwall joins Jones Lang LaSalle from Colonial Properties Trust. LEE & ASSOCIATES-L.A. NORTH/VENTURA INC. (CALABASAS, CA) Stephen J. Geiger is joining Lee & Associates-LA North/Ventura Inc. as a senior vice president specializing in investment properties. CB RICHARD ELLIS (ST. LOUIS) CB Richard Ellis is adding Ted Noel as an associate in the St. Louis office. Prior to joining CBRE, Noel worked for Commercial Realty Advisors in San Diego. LILLIBRIDGE (ATLANTA) Lillibridge is hiring Wildes Crumm as development director for its Atlanta office. Crumm comes to Lillibridge from Richmond Medical Partners, where he was director of marketing and leasing. GRUBB & ELLIS

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